Police: Teen raped during blessing

Mario Munoz-Verudes charged with sexual assault

Published On: Sep 28 2012 11:24:02 AM CDT   Updated On: Sep 28 2012 04:45:51 PM CDT
Mario Munoz-Verudes
TOMBALL, Texas -

A teenager was raped during what she thought was going to be a blessing, detectives said.

Mario Munoz-Verudes, 60, has been charged with sexual assault.

Tomball police said a 17-year-old girl told them that Munoz-Verudes, a friend of her family, told her that she looked sick and needed a blessing.

The teen is very religious and believed that Munoz-Verudes could bless her, investigators said.

Detectives said the teen went to Munoz-Verudes' home in the 1800 block of South Cherry on Sept. 23 for the blessing. She was taken to Munoz-Verudes' bedroom, where she saw two mattresses on the floor, a table, a TV, a cooking pot and other items, police said. Munoz-Verudes lit incense in the pot, officials said.

Investigators said Munoz-Verudes put his hand over the teen's mouth and pushed her onto a mattress. He then took some of her clothes off and raped her, police said.

The teen told Munoz-Verudes to stop and hit and kicked him, officials said. Detectives said she did not think sexual intercourse would be part of the blessing she expected.

Munoz-Verudes told the teen that if she told anyone what happened he would put a curse on her, investigators said.